Catholic Pilgrimages to Italy


Unitours has set the standard for Catholic tours of Italy. Since 1957, American priests and pilgrimage hosts have trusted us to provide the quality of service and value that Americans expect. Our professionally licensed staff will be available to you 24 hours a day to meet all of your needs and give you expert knowledge on the touring aspects as well as the spiritual elements of Italy. Watch this video or read below to learn more about our typical pilgrimage to Italy.



Sample Itineraries

All of our Pilgrimages to Italy can be customized to the desires of your particular group. Listed below are some sample itineraries to give you a better feel for some “typical” pilgrimages.

ITINERARY 1: Classic Catholic Italy

Day 1: Travel to Rome

Day 2: Rome & Tuscany

We arrive in Rome and drive to the Tuscan spa town of Montecatini Terme where we will have the afternoon to explore on our own.

Day 3: Florence

We start the day with Mass and then we proceed to Piazzala Michelangelo for a breathtaking panoramic view. Then we see the Medici Chapel in the church of San Lorenzo, the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia dei Lanzi. We have the afternoon to our own leisure.

Day 4: Florence

We return to Florence for Mass and a tour of the Basilica of Santa Croce. We have the afternoon free for shopping, personal adventures or optional excursions.

Day 5: Siena & Assisi

We arrive in magnificent Siena with Mass at the Dominican Church commemorating St. Catherine and then we continue to the famous Piazza del Campo. We continue to Umbria and hilltop village of Assisi, the home of St. Francis.

Day 6: Assisi

We celebrate Mass and then tour the Basilica of St. Francesco. We take a walking tour that includes stops at the Church of St. Clare and the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. On our journey, we will pass the famous Temple of Minerva in the Piazza del Commune. We have the afternoon free to enjoy the village on our own.

Day 7: Assisi & Rome

We start the day with a morning mass and visit to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and the Church of the Little Portion in the lower village. We continue to Rome and begin our tour at the Basilica of St. Mary Major and the Church of St. Peter in Chains to view Michelangelo’s “Moses.”

Day 8: Rome

In the morning, we have an audience with the Holy Father. In the afternoon, we visit the Holy Stairs and the Basilica of St. John Lateran. We continue to St. Paul Outside the Walls and conclude at one of the Catacombs, a burial place of early Christians, for mass.

Day 9: Rome

We celebrate an early morning Mass beneath St. Peter’s. Afterwards, we see the treasures of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and the wonders of St. Peter’s. We have the afternoon free for shopping, rest or personal adventure.

Day 10: Travel Home to the USA


ITINERARY 2: The Shrines of Catholic Italy

Day 1: Travel to Rome

Day 2: Rome

We arrive in Rome and begin our tour including the Roman Forum, Arch of Constantine, the Coliseum, and Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. We conclude at one of the Catacombs for Mass.

Day 3: Vatican City & Rome

We celebrate an early Mass beneath St. Peter’s and then we visit the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel and the wonders of St. Peter’s. During the afternoon, we visit the Holy Stairs and St. John Lateran followed by St. Mary Major and St. Peter in Chains to view the “Moses.”

Day 4: Vatican City & Rome

We start the day in the morning audience with the Holy Father followed by an afternoon visit of St. Paul’s Outside the Walls for Mass.

Day 5: Rome, Orvieto & Assisi

Our journey continues north to Umbria with a stop at the breathtaking cathedral in Orvieto for Mass. We continue to the lower town of Assisi to visit the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and Francis’ Church of the Little Portion.

Day 6: Assisi

We celebrate a morning Mass at the Basilica of St. Francesco followed by a tour. We will also visit the Church of St. Clare to view the San Damiano crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. In the afternoon, we will head towards the Hermitage of the Carceri where Francis retreated to pray.

Day 7: Loreto & Montesilvano

We begin our day with a drive to Loreto, the site of the Santa Casa or Holy House, for Mass. We then continue to the Montesilvano/Pescara area and the shores of the Adriatic Sea.

Day 8: Lanciano & San Giovanni Rotondo

We make a morning visit to Lanciano, the site of the oldest Eucharistic Miracle certified by the Church. We continue our trip south to San Giovanni Rotondo with Mass at the tomb of Saint Padre Pio and a visit.

Day 9: San Giovanni, Subiaco & Rome

Today, we drive to Subiaco where Saint Benedict and his sister Scolastica built five little monasteries. We visit the Monastery of St. Benedict and the Sacred Cave where Benedict lived as a hermit. We will celebrate Mass near the staircase that holds the earliest portrait of St. Francis without a halo or stigmata before returning to Rome.

Day 10: Travel Home to USA


ITINERARY 3: Grand Catholic Italy

Day 1: Travel to Italy

Day 2: Venice

We arrive in Europe and connect to Venice where we have the rest of the day for leisure.

Day 3: Venice

We take a walking tour of Venice, the Queen of the Cities, which includes Piazza San Marco, Mass at the Basilica of San Marco and much more. We have the afternoon free for shopping or an optional romantic gondola ride.

Day 4: Venice & Tuscany

We will celebrate morning Mass and a tour in the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua. We continue our journey to the delightful Tuscan spa town of Montecatini Terme.

Day 5: Florence

We begin our day at Piazzale Michelangelo for a panoramic view and then see the highlights including the Medici Chapel in the church of San Lorenzo, the Duomo, Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and the Loggia dei Lanzi. We will celebrate an afternoon Mass and a tour of the Basilica of Santa Croce.

Day 6: Siena & Assisi

We arrive in magnificent Siena with Mass at the Dominican Church commemorating St. Catherine and then continue to the famous Piazza del Campo. We then head to Umbria and hilltop village of Assisi, the home of St. Francis.

Day 7: Assisi

We start the day with Mass and a tour at the Basilica of St. Francesco. We begin a walking tour with stops at the Church of St. Clare and the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis. We’ll also pass the famous Temple of Minerva in the Piazza del Comune. We have the afternoon free to enjoy the village on our own.

Day 8: Assisi & Sorrento

We have a morning Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary of the Angels and Francis’ Church of the Little Portion. We then head south along the Mediterranean to wonderful Sorrento.

Day 9: Isle of Capri

We’ll head across the Bay of Naples to the Island of Dreams, Capri. We will have Mass followed by an island tour including Anacapri and the optional Blue Grotto (weather permitting) before heading back to Sorrento.

Day 10: Amalfi Drive, Pompeii & Rome

We travel the Sorrento Peninsula on the famous Amalfi Drive with stops including the village of Amalfi. Afterwards, we continue to Pompeii, which is destroyed but yet preserved by the ash of Vesuvius in 79 AD. We will celebrate Mass at the church of the Holy Rosary and continue to Rome.

Day 11: Rome

In the morning, we join the audience to see the Holy Father. In the afternoon, we visit the Holy Stairs and Basilica of St. John Lateran. We continue to St. Paul Outside the Walls and conclude at one of the Catacombs, a burial place of early Christians, for mass.

Day 12: Rome

We celebrate an early morning Mass beneath St. Peters. Afterwards, we will see the treasures of the Vatican Museum, the Sistine Chapel and the wonders of St. Peter’s. We have the afternoon free for shopping, rest or personal adventure.

Day 13: Travel Home to USA

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